[Marxism] The two souls of socialism (was:RE:JohnHolloway-AlexCallinicos ...
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Sun Aug 21 00:44:36 MDT 2005
In a message dated 21/08/2005 00:35:47 GMT Daylight Time, ian at ianpace.com
That's nonsense. The US has found a way to 'contain' the Cuban revolution in
the post-Cold War era. And if you read what I say, you'll see I really want
to believe in the importance and vitality of Third World revolutions.
However, I believe that if such things advance too far, the US and the rest
of the forces of global capitalism will step in to stop them.
Since almost the beginning of the Cuban Revolution, the US has sought to
destroy it. Successive administrations have tried covert military operations,
terrorist attacks, the fomenting of counter revolution within, numerous
assassination attempts on Fidel and other key members of the Cuban Government, and
of course a continuous and unremitting embargo. Due to the success of the
Cuban Revolution, any other attempt at something similar in the region - Chile,
Nicaragua, El Salvador - has been ruthlessly dealt with by the US in one way or
What more evidence do you need that the US, unlike you, holds the Cuban
Revolution, its example, as a serious threat to their hegemony in the region?
And not only in the region, internally as well. The banning of their own
people from travelling to Cuba illustrates the extent to which the US ruling
class is concerned about Americans being exposed to a system which treats its
people as the end and not the means to the end.
Without the Cuban Revolution there would have been no Bolivarian Revolution
in Venezuela, and without Venezuela there would have been no upsurge in anti
capitalist movements all throughout the region in recent months - Bolivia and
The Cuban Revolution plays a huge role in the world today, both materially
and symbolically. The tens of thousands of oppressed people all over the
underdeveloped world who've benefited from the skill and dedication of Cuban
medical professionals, the national liberation movements that have been
strengthened by Cuban support, is a testament to its importance.
That the US has never mounted a full scale invasion of Cuba is a reflection
of the fact they are well aware of the overwhelming support the revolution
receives from the Cuban people. If Iraq is a quagmire after the removal of such
an unpopular regime, Cuba would be a burning hell for US occupation forces
It would also ignite the entire region.
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